France’s own kilt-maker

Kilt-makers Susan and Gary McDonald at their Charente home

A large house in a French village hides a surprising business: hand-made Scottish kilts.

The kilts, made with eight yards of tartan, are stitched by Gary McDonald, who works between calls to action from the pompiers in the Charente village of Saint-Claud.

The 60-year-old learned the business when he and his wife Susan realised that age meant their careers as professional dancers were slowing down.

“I always love working with my hands,” he said.

“Growing up, kilts were part of my everyday life, ...

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